J-2 employment authorization can be granted by USCIS for a period of up to 4 years, or until the expiration of the J-1’s DS-2019, whichever is shorter. However, USCIS may sometimes decide to grant authorization for a shorter period of time even when the DS-2019 end date is more than four years into the future.
No, the J-2 must be physically present in the U.S. at the time of filing. The J-1 does not need to be physically present in the U.S. when the application is submitted, but must be maintaining valid J-1 status at the time of filing and throughout the time the J-2 intends to work.
Yes, if you have never been issued a Social Security number, or if you have been issued an SSN but no longer have your original card and wish to be issued a replacement, check “yes” for questions 14 and 15 on the I-765. You may also apply for an SSN or replacement card through the Social Security Administration in downtown Columbus.
No, It is strongly advised that you have your passport-style photos taken professionally; do not take or print them yourself. You could be denied for work authorization if the photos you submit do not meet USCIS’s requirements. Local stores and pharmacies such as CVS, Walgreen’s, Kinko’s and others offer passport photo services.